Our next stop for Our Dodge Journey To California was to check out LEGOLAND California. This is seriously an awesome amusement park for many reasons and is located north of San Diego and South of Orange county. It had so much more than I even expected including a full waterpark! It worked out great for our family road trip and gave us a stop between San Diego and Anaheim. We stayed at a Marriott Residence Inn near San Diego which was less than 30 miles from LEGOLAND. It was a straight shot up the freeway so it was an easy trip. We got their fairly early and took advantage of Preferred Parking which is great for having kids, as the walk to the front of the park is much shorter. It is a little more but well worth it.
We started off with a great sunny day, even though we were there for News Year Eve. We started our morning with Kai getting a self portrait. We then checked out the massive landscape that was a miniature Washington D.C. made entirely out of LEGOS. It was a massive setup and included so many buildings like the Capitol Building, the White House, the Washington Monument, and so many other historic landmarks. It was one of our favorites for many reason one being to one day take the kids there. It also got Kai excited to want to visit our nation’s capital some time. There were also past President head’s made out of LEGOS.
We then decided to check out some rides and let Brooklin get her inner monkey out. We rode the Lost Kingdom Adventure ride-on attraction where you shoot at objects. There of course is a little area for kids to play with LEGOS while the older riders wait in line. We let The 3 and 7 year old ride the Flying Ace airplanes, Dune Raiders a huge multi-laned slide, the Monkey Tree climbing, and some others. There are some good kids roller coasters which Kai had to work herself up to later in the day, but there are some good ones to get young riders used to roller coasters. We then worked out way to find food and see some other areas of the park. It is a large park and has a lot of areas with many food choices and things to have fun with. After eating Kai did some driving on a neat course that had real lanes and working lights. It was the real deal for kids to really drive real cars.
We then let Brooklin do a log ride and then we checked out a cool LEGO Factory Tour which included brick making machines and the materials used to make LEGOS.
We then checked out a few of the many other things to do and see.
We then made our way to see LEGOLAND Star Wars Miniland. It is a section dedicated to Star Wars, new and old. The detail was intense and the size of the ships and buildings was great. The kids had fun seeing these giant detailed spaceships and planets landscapes and we walked around for a hour checking it all out. They dont just use little LEGO guys but build up all the individual things in every scene. AMAZING! This is the ultimate paradise for all fans of Star Wars and LEGO!
LEGOLAND Star Wars
After Star Wars Miniland we made our way to LEGO USA. We got to see millions and millions and millions of LEGOS scuplted into city scapes. It was fun to show Kaila San Francisco and the Hollywood hills, or I mean LEGOwood since we were visiting to those places next. We saw New Orleans and Manhattan Island, New York. They were awesome and bigger than the kids. It was neat to see all the detail and the kids just kept find new things.
We checked out a fun Coast Cruise boat ride which took is to some famous landmaks like the Taj Mahal, Effiel Tower, and Mt Rushmore. Plus we got to check out the Statue of Liberty by water. Mt. Rushmore was fun because there are LEGO guys cleaning out George Washington’s ear.
We seriously could have spent a week here. With all thee is to see and do, plus being here during the New Year, a lot of water attractions and activities were shut down. So we for sure have plans to make our way back to LEGOLAND again. There are so many water things to do like the LEGOLAND Water Park and the LEGOLAND Aquarium.
And if that doesnt just add to it all, the new LEGOLAND Hotel will be opening April 5th, 2013 and will allow you to stay right there next to LEGOLAND California and just have fun!
Right now if you book by March 31st, 2013 Kids Stay & Play Free! There are also other packages available.
We were provided with 4 complimentary tickets to provide our coverage of our visit to LEGOLAND California.